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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

9. Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education to be established in Vancouver

The Dalai Lama will visit Vancouver September 8-10, 2006 to inaugurate
the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education

VANCOUVER, May 18 /CNW/ - The Dalai Lama will visit Vancouver from
September 8 to 10, 2006 to inaugurate the Dalai Lama Center for Peace
and Education. The Center, scheduled for completion in 2009, will be a
non- political, non-religious cultural institution that is aligned with
the Dalai Lama's belief that each person should "develop the heart and
work for peace within yourself and the world". The Center will act as a
beacon for "educating the heart" through dialogue, education and
research. The Center has an International Advisory Board led by the
Dalai Lama. The Board also includes four other Nobel Peace Laureates -
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Shirin Ebadi, Jimmy Carter and Mairead Maguire
- all of whom will lend their extensive experience to support the
Center's objectives. The Center, inspired by the Dalai Lama's teachings,
will reach out and be open to all people, regardless of faith, culture
or political affiliation. It will work to strengthen the bonds of human
connection among all peoples and to share knowledge and explore
principles that encourage people to live well together. The Center will
translate the Dalai Lama's teachings on kindness, compassion and
interconnectedness into programs directed at creating a more just and
harmonious world.

"The key concepts that define the goals of the Dalai Lama Center are:
one, the promotion of human values; and two, the promotion of a sense of
oneness within humanity. These two ideas serve to promote peace among
different communities within one nation, within one world. And they will
be particularly useful in shaping the long-term goals of the Dalai Lama
Center for Peace and Education in Vancouver, Canada." His Holiness the
Dalai Lama

Once built, the Center will act as a catalyst for other like minded
institutions and initiatives, helping to establish Vancouver as a major
international center and voice for peace in the world. The Dalai Lama
Center will be a cultural institution serving Vancouver and British
Columbia and will attract leading national and international
researchers, educators, artists, business leaders, social innovators and
other persons of diverse backgrounds to engage in constructive dialogue.
The Center will be located in the heart of Vancouver at a yet to be
determined site. It will provide an iconic presence and multi-purpose
venue with accessible meeting, lecture and exhibition spaces. It will
include a gallery, library, café and bookstore, among its warm and
inviting spaces. The Center is overseen by four Trustees: Victor Chan,
who has known the Dalai Lama for over 30 years and who is also the
founding Director of the Center, Evan Alderson, former Dean of Arts at
Simon Fraser University, and local business leaders James Hoggan and
Thomas E. Rafael. The Trustees are in the process of securing a site and
raising funds for the Center. During his visit, the Dalai Lama will also
launch and give keynote addresses at the Vancouver Dialogues 2006. The
Vancouver Dialogues will be the first in a regular series of Dialogues
to be hosted by the Center. There will be three Dialogues in September:

Educating the Heart. During the morning dialogue, a select group of high
school students will engage the Dalai Lama by sharing their stories of
compassion in action. The panelists will focus on issues of altruism and
intergenerational learning. During the afternoon dialogue, the Dalai
Lama will converse with education leaders, policy makers and researchers
on the topics of learning compassion, empathy, and courage.

Happiness and Stress as Determinants of Mental Health. This dialogue
will focus primarily on 'happiness' and life satisfaction - major
factors in enhancing both the mental and physical health of individuals
and societies. During this dialogue, the Dalai Lama will participate in
discussions with leading researchers in the area of happiness and mental

Interdependence of the Corporate and Social Sectors. This dialogue will
be devoted to exploring synergies between global and local business and
social leaders in a series of intimate, small group conversations.

The Dalai Lama will be an active participant in all these dialogues. A
public talk to be held later in the afternoon on Saturday, September 9,
2006. Ticketing information will be available in mid June on the
Center's website at

For further information: Karen Cook Boas or Shafiq Jamal, James Hoggan &
Associates, (604) 739-7500, or

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  3. Chinese see gold in rail link to roof of world
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  5. Senate Banking Committee Resolution to Award Congressional Gold Medal to the Dalai Lama
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  7. German Chancellor Merkel Meets With Shanghai Bishop of Chinese Catholic Church
  8. CHINA – GERMANY Business without forgetting human rights for Merkel
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